When Grace Barr was born on 12 May 1840, in Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, Alexander B. Barr, was 21 and her mother, Elisabeth Stewart, was 22. She married John Wilson on 1 December 1865, in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. She lived in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1841 and Laurieston, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851.
Scottish (Glasgow) and northern Irish (Ulster): habitational name from any of various places in southwestern Scotland, in particular Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, named with Gaelic barr ‘height, hill’ or a Brittonic cognate of this.
English and Welsh: habitational name from Great Barr in Staffordshire. This is from Brittonic barro- ‘top, summit’, referring to Barr Beacon; there is evidence that this was known as la Bare in the 13th century.
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Barre-en-Ouche in Eure, France, or perhaps from Barre-de-Semilly in Manche, France.
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